Last night I wrote about some incredible first class fares that Cathay Pacific published between Portugal and Hong Kong. You could fly from either Lisbon or Porto to Hong Kong via London (or in some cases other gateways) for $1,500 one-way. The intra-Europe segment was on British Airways, while the longhaul segment was on Cathay Pacific.
While that’s not unheard of pricing for a premium cabin flight on some airlines, Cathay Pacific almost never has first class fare sales, so this was extremely rare.
The fare was available for several hours, and now that it’s over, you can get a better sense of what their pricing usually is. The same itinerary that cost $1,508 yesterday costs $16,854 today, so it was over 90% off.
Well, Cathay Pacific has been quick to come out and say that they’ll honor these fares.
Per a statement issued by Cathay Pacific to Danny Lee of the South China Morning Post:
“We are looking into the root cause of this incident both internally and externally with our vendors.
“For the very small number of customers who have purchased these tickets, we look forward to welcoming you on board to enjoy our premium services.”
Of course Cathay Pacific made headlines at the very beginning of the year, when they published ~$800 roundtrip first class fares between Vietnam and North America. To just about everyone’s surprise, the airline honored those fares, and that was a deal that was taken advantage of by a ton of people.
So in many ways they set the precedent for honoring this fare, since it’s tough to justify honoring an $800 roundtrip transpacific first class fare if you won’t honor a $1,500 one-way first class fare. It also seems like this fare wasn’t booked by nearly as many people as the last one. After all, a one-way ticket for $1,500 seems downright expensive when you can book a roundtrip for $800. 😉
Big kudos to Cathay Pacific for honoring the fares they’re publishing, and congrats to all those who got in on this fare!